US Knife Laws – State Knife Laws in the United States

US Knife Laws by State

Every state in the US has its own knife laws. If you want to make sure you’re in compliance with your state’s laws, you need to take the time to learn about them. And if you’re a knife-lover who is considering a move to a different state, then you definitely need to learn about how things will be different after your move!

With that in mind, I’ve written this monster guide that covers all the US Knife Laws in 2018 – 2019 and teaches you about the different laws across the 50 states that make up the USA.

US Knife Laws 2018 2019

Alabama Knife Laws

I’ve already written a detailed post on Knife laws in Alabama and you can read that post in detail here – http://choosethisknife.com/alabama-knife-laws-whats-legal-illegal-and-alabama-state-code

Suffice to say, the Knife laws in the state of Alabama are one of the most open-minded in the US when it comes to knives but there’s a small legal risk associated with some type of knives and similar weapons.

Alaska Knife Laws

Similarly like Alabama, I’ve created a separate post for all knife laws in the state of Alaska since it’s a very popular query that I get from my readers. You can read that detailed post here – http://choosethisknife.com/alaska-knife-laws-whats-legal-illegal-and-alaska-state-code

Unlike Alabama, Alaska does have quite a few rules for carrying knives and it can be a little complicated to comply with all of them.

Arizona Knife Laws

The state of Arizona had fairly restrictive knife laws until 2011, but in that year the laws were changed to legalize the ownership of just about every variety of knife. All lengths and types of knives can be legally purchased, owned, and carried in most situations.

Arizona Knife Laws

Pocket knives can be carried in concealment by anyone, but beyond that, there are age-based restrictions. Anyone under 21 must openly carry knives that go beyond the basic pocket knife variety.

Arizona’s freedoms come with certain restrictions. Knives cannot be brought onto school property. Anyone carrying a concealed knife that isn’t a pocket knife must alert any police officer who they might come into contact with.

Arkansas Knife Laws

The state of Arkansas used to have restrictive knife laws, but in 2011 the old civil code was repealed. Now just about every type and size of knife can be legally purchased and owned.

The state of Arkansas does not forbid concealed blades; they forbid carrying blades with unlawful intent. This means knife owners are free to carry their blades as they wish as long as they make it clear that they are using the blades lawfully.

There are restrictions in place with regards to schools and other publicly-owned buildings. Deadly weapons are not allowed in these buildings whether there is unlawful intent or not. Non-pocket knives should be kept outside of these publicly-owned properties.

There are also age-based restrictions. Minors can only carry pocket knives and selling knives to people under 18 without explicit permission from a parent or guardian is illegal.

California Knife Laws

California law divides all knives into three categories, knives that are legal for open and concealed carry, knives that are only legal when carried in the open, and knives that are never legal. Pocket knives that are two inches long or shorter are legal in just about every situation. Bowie knives, machetes, and swords can also be carried openly and are not restricted by size. Ballistic knives, misleading knives, and hidden knives are illegal whether they are carried openly or in concealment. Any knife designed not to look like a knife is illegal under California law.

This brings us to the knives in the grey zone, which are the butterfly knives, switchblades, and dirks. Dirks and daggers can be carried openly but they need to be sheathed. Non-locking folding knives, and any other non-switchblade folding knife can be carried in concealment as long as it is closed. Switchblades need to have blades of 2 inches or less, carrying a longer switchblade is considered a crime.

All California schools forbid the carrying of knives, whether concealed or carried in the open.

Colorado Knife Laws

The critical dimension to keep in mind when looking at Colorado knife laws is 3.5 inches. Knives with blades 3.5 inches long or longer may not be carried in concealment in Colorado.

Colorado Knife Laws

Most types of knives can be legally purchased and carried as long as they are carried openly. Automatic knives and gravity knives were illegal until 2017, but the law has been changed. Now only ballistic knives are illegal. No ballistic knife should be carried in Colorado.

The state of Colorado does not tolerate deadly weapons on school property. From kindergarten through college, students, faculty, friends, and family may not bring deadly weapons onto school property. However, knives can be brought into parking lots by adults as long as they are stored in a vehicle and not taken from it.

Connecticut Knife Laws

Residents of Connecticut can legally own any type of knife, including disguised and ballistic knives, but not all knives can be carried off of personal property. Collectors have plenty of freedom, but anyone who wants to carry a knife around needs to pay close attention to the details.

Stilettos of all sizes cannot be carried, in concealment or the open. Automatic knives and switchblades are also illegal to carry if they are longer than 1.5 inches. Beyond those specific types of blades, any knife with a blade of 4 inches or longer is illegal to carry in Connecticut.

Exceptions to these rules can be made for people who use their knives for sport and outdoor activities. Exceptions are mainly made for longer blades, as long as it can be proven that the blade is to be used for hunting, fishing, or some related outdoor activity.

Delaware Knife Laws

In Delaware pocket knives that are three inches long or shorter can be carried in concealment. All other knives need to be carried openly.

Most types of knives are legal to own, but there are a few exceptions. Switchblades, gravity blades, throwing stars, and bladed brass knuckles are all illegal. Knives designed to go through metal detectors undetected are also illegal. Beyond those exceptions, every other type of knife can be carried openly legally.

Knives that are considered deadly weapons are not allowed on school property or in attached recreational zones. Any non-pocket knife that’s 3 inches or shorter is considered a deadly weapon.

Florida Knife Laws

Most types of knives are legal to own in the state of Florida. Only ballistic knives are illegal to own. Any knife that you can legally own can be carried openly.

Some restrictions apply when it comes to concealment. Knives with blades that are four inches or longer may be illegal to carry in concealment unless they are explicitly designed as work tools. Think of box cutters or multi-tools.

In general, as long as you stay away from ballistic knives and stick to knives with blades that are four inches or less, then you can buy what you want and carry it how you like in the state of Florida.

Georgia Knife Laws

The state of Georgia is another state whose laws have been opened up recently. In 2012 the laws were re-written to give knife owners more freedom. There are now no limits on the knives you can legally possess outside of federal regulations.

Georgia Knife Laws

When it comes to carrying knives, 12 inches is the magic number. Any knife that is 12 inches long or shorter can be carried openly or in concealment. The number used to be 5, but it was changed in 2017 with the passage of HB 292. Now it is anything shorter than a foot can be carried without a weapons permit. On the other hand, carrying a knife longer than 12 inches without a proper permit is illegal.

Hawaii Knife Laws

The state of Hawaii allows citizens to own and carry any sort of single-edged blade, no matter the size or variety. On the other hand, any kind of double-edged knife is outlawed. Balisongs and switchblades are the blades specifically targeted by Hawaiian law.

While any legal knife can be carried openly, there are restrictions about which blades can be carried in concealment. Knives like dirks and daggers need to be carried openly. The same goes for blades with knuckles.There are no size restrictions in Hawaiian knife law.

Schools have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to knives and other weapons.

Idaho Knife Laws

All types of knives are legal to own in Idaho for adults. Anyone under 18 needs approval from a parent or guardian to purchase a dirk or bowie knife. Children under 12 cannot use a bowie knife or dirk without direct parental supervision.

Beyond this, adults can carry any knife they want in the open. Dirks, bowie knives, and daggers are considered deadly weapons and cannot be carried in concealment. Knives that aren’t considered “deadly weapons” by definition and whose blades are blades are four inches long or shorter can be carried in concealment. Anything longer requires proper licensing.

Idaho is one of the rare states that allows certain types of knives on school grounds. They don’t allow for deadly weapons but do allow knives that are 2.5 inches or shorter under certain circumstances on school property as knives that are within these dimensions are not considered to be “deadly or dangerous” weapons.

Illinois Knife Laws

In the state of Illinois, most knives are legal to own. Only throwing stars, switchblades, ballistic knives, and anything else classified as an “automatic knife” are considered illegal.

The state doesn’t make a distinction between concealed and open carry; the law is based on lawful intent. When carrying a knife, you should do all you can to make it clear you only intend to use it for lawful purposes.
Illinois has strict rules about where you can carry knives. Schools are considered weapons-free zones. Restrictions on “deadly weapons” extends to a range of other locations. You cannot carry a deadly weapon while attending any location that serves alcohol or meetings that charge a fee for entry.

It should be noticed that the city of Chicago has additional knife laws. One such law includes a ban on anyone under than 18 concealing a knife on their person that has a two inch blade or longer. It’s also illegal to sell such blades to minors in Chicago, though these restrictions don’t extend beyond the city. Anyone visiting Illinois should pay special attention to these regional distinctions.

Indiana Knife Laws

There are few knives that are restricted under Indiana law. Only ballistic knives and “Chinese throwing stars” are forbidden and cannot be sold, purchased, owned, or carried. All other varieties of knife that are legal under federal law can legally be purchased and owned in Indiana. There are no distinctions between concealed and open carry, any knife that can legally be owned can be legally carried.

Indiana Knife Laws

It is illegal to sell deadly knives to minors. It is also illegal to sell such knives to intoxicated individuals. Private citizens aren’t allowed to give deadly weapons to intoxicated individuals or people who are habitually intoxicated.

The main restriction on carrying knives is related to school property. No type of knife can be carried on school property, although exceptions can be made for knives that are safely stored in a vehicle that is on school property.

Iowa Knife Laws

The knife laws in Iowa are defined by a distinction between what is considered a “dangerous weapon.” Daggers, razors, stilettos, switchblades, and any blade longer than 5 inches can all be considered dangerous weapons. Dangerous weapons cannot be carried in concealment, but they can be carried openly.

Ballistic knives are illegal to own or carry, in concealment or in the open.

Iowa schools are knife-free zones. Knives should never be brought onto school property, especially if they can be considered dangerous weapons.

Kansas Knife Laws

The state of Kansas opened up their knife laws in 2014 and now they have some of the most permissive laws in the country. The only knives that are illegal are ballistic knives and throwing stars. All other knives can legally be purchased and owned, including automatic knives, gravity knives, and undetectable knives.

Any knife that can be legally owned can be legally carried in concealment or in the open. The only legal issues arise because of criminal intent. Lawful and peaceful knife owners can carry just about any knife as they see fit.

Kansas even has rather permissive laws with regards to knives on school property. The state does explicitly prohibit switchblades on school property, and students who bring any switchblade or similar knife onto school property are breaking the law.

Kentucky Knife Laws

No type of knife is illegal under Kentucky law. Any knife that can be legally owned can be carried openly. Concealment is the main issue the law is concerned with. Pocket knives and hunting knives can be carried in concealment, but all other knives should be carried openly.

Any knife that isn’t a pocket knife or a hunting knife may be considered a deadly weapon. As such only pocket knives or knives that are clearly going to be used for hunting purposes should be carried in concealment.

Deadly weapons are not permitted on school property. It is possible for exceptions to be made in certain situations under Kentucky law. But as a general rule, knives should be kept off of school property.

Louisiana Knife Laws

Only switchblades and other varieties of automatic knives are illegal to purchase and own under Louisiana law. All other knives are fair game.

Any knife that can be legally owned can be carried openly or in concealment in Louisiana. As long as it’s not an automatic blade you can carry it as you see fit, intention is what’s important.

Schools forbid the possession of dangerous weapons, and this ban extends to school buses. This ban goes from kindergarten classes to postgraduate universities.

Maine Knife Laws

Most knives are legal to own in Maine. The only knives that can’t be legally owned and carried are switchblades, balisongs, and automatic knives. All other knives can be owned and carried openly.

Most knives that can be legally owned can be carried in concealment, with a few exceptions. The Maine laws specifically target bowie knives, dirks, stilettos, and knives similar in design to any of these. These knives are considered dangerous or deadly and may not be carried in concealment. Beyond this, Main also bans the display of dangerous or deadly knives “in a threatening manner.” So make sure that you don’t carry your knife in a way that might frighten or intimidate others.

As usual, Maine school districts ban the carrying of knives on school property. Specific rules vary between the different districts.

Maryland Knife Laws

Most knives can be legally purchased, owned, and carried in the state of Maryland. Things are more restrictive when it comes to concealed carry. Switchblades, dirks, gravity knives, bowie knives, and throwing stars are all illegal to carry in concealment. It is also illegal to openly carry these knives with the clear intent of creating harm.

Maryland Knife Laws

No person can carry a knife onto the grounds of public schools in Maryland.

It should be noted that Baltimore has additional knife ordinances regarding switchblades. Maryland has no statewide preemption so laws can vary dramatically from city to city, especially near Washington D.C.

Massachusetts Knife Laws

No type of knife is explicitly banned in Massachusetts. This means you can legally purchase and own most knives. With that said, Massachusetts is fairly restrictive when it comes to carrying knives.

Switchblades, dirks, daggers, stilettos, ballistic knives, dual-edge blades, and brass knuckles with built-in blades are all illegal to carry openly or in concealment. In fact, it is illegal to carry any knife if you are behaving in a way that might be seen as threatening.

The state wants citizens to stick to pocket knives and kitchen knives, but even then they should be careful to use them in safe and non-threatening ways.

Knives are banned from all schools, from kindergarten to postgraduate.

Knife laws can vary widely between cities. For example, Boston has its own knife laws. Check the local laws before traveling within Massachusetts while possessing a knife.

Michigan Knife Laws

The state of Michigan allows the ownership of any type of knife permitted under federal law. Switchblades and automatic knives used to be illegal, but in 2017 a bill was passed which permitted ownership of these blades. Any blade which can legally be owned can be legally carried.

Concealed carry is another issue. Hunting and pocket knives can be carried in concealment, but all other knives should be carried in the open. The law makes a distinction between stabbing and non-stabbing knives, where stabbing knives such as dirks or stilettos are illegal to conceal. It’s also important to carry such knives in a non-threatening manner because carrying with intent to harm is illegal.

Exceptions can be found in school zones and major cities. Schools are meant to be free from weapons. Major cities like Detroit and Lansing can also set their own laws. Check the local laws before entering these cities.

Minnesota Knife Laws

Most knives are legal to own in the state of Minnesota, with the exception being switchblades. You cannot buy, sell, or carry switchblades in the state.

The state does not set laws based on concealment. Instead, they focus on intent. If a knife can be purchased legally, then it can be carried legally as long as it is clear that there is no intent to hurt people. Knives with utility like pocket knives and knives used on the job are clearly allowed, while other knives require a level of careful conduct from the owner. Minnesota knife owners need to make it clear that they are carrying their knife with peaceful intentions.

Knife owners should know that there are rules against carrying knives onto school grounds or into a courthouse. Violating either of these prohibitions qualifies as a felony, so keep the knives away from schools and courtrooms.

Mississippi Knife Laws

The state of Mississippi allows anyone over the age of 18 who is not a felon to own any type of knife that isn’t prohibited under federal law. From pocket knives to switchblades and disguised knives, they are all legal to own in Mississippi.

Felons and minors do have to deal with restrictions. Neither felons nor minors can own a switchblade, bowie knife, dirk, or butcher knife.

Open carry is allowed for legal knives, but concealed carry is more restricted. Bowie knives, dirks, butcher knives, and automatic knives cannot be carried in concealment, with a few exceptions. Any knife can be legally concealed in your vehicle or concealed if you are using the knife as a sportsman who is hunting, fishing, or taking part in a similar activity where the knife will be necessary.

The only restriction for open carry of legal knives is in school zones. Minors or students should not bring knives to school.

Missouri Knife Laws

Most knives are legal to own in the state of Missouri, with the exception of switchblades. However, there is an exception made for people who only have one arm. People with one arm can own a switchblade as long as the blade measures less than three inches in length.

Missouri Knife Laws

All knives that can be legally owned in Missouri can also be legally carried in the open. Concealed carry is only available for pocket knives that have a folding blade that measures in at shorter than four inches long. Please note that the rule against concealed carry applies to knives on your person and in your vehicle, so make sure your blade is clearly visible at all times.

Montana Knife Laws

Most knives can be owned legally in Montana, with the exceptions being switchblades and other automatic knives with blades that measure 1.5 inches or longer. These can only be owned by collectors who register their purchases with law enforcement.

The state used to have stricter laws regarding concealed carry, but they were repealed in 2017. Now it is legal to carry any legal knife with a blade that measures 4 inches or shorter in concealment legally. Knives like switchblades and automatic knives are still forbidden.

Montana is one of the few schools where certain knives can legally be carried in schools. Knives with blades longer than 4 inches are prohibited, as are swords and straight razors. But this suggests that students can carry pocket knives that have blades shorter than 4 inches onto school property. Of course, rules and regulations vary between schools and school districts.

Nebraska Knife Laws

Any knife that isn’t explicitly prohibited by national law can be legally owned in Nebraska. Even disguised knives are legal to own. Restrictions are made based on legal status. Convicted felons, fugitives, and anyone subject to a domestic protective order are forbidden from owning knives.

Any knife that can be legally owned in Nebraska can be carried openly legally. It is illegal to carry knives with blades measuring 3.5 inches or longer in concealment. If a knife has a blade that’s 3.5 inches long then it needs to be kept where people can see it.

The laws in Nebraska outline areas where knives should not be carried. Public buildings should be weapon-free areas, and knife owners should leave their blades behind when visiting schools or airports.

Nevada Knife Laws

Most knives are legal to own in the state of Nevada. Exceptions are made for switchblades and knives that have been integrated into a belt buckle to create a very particular type of hidden blade.

If a knife can be owned legally then it can be carried in the open legally. Pocket knives can be carried in concealment, but most other types of knives are illegal to carry in concealment. Nevada seeks to prevent any knife that might be seen as deadly from being carried around out of sight.

Nevada law makes it clear that knives should be kept away from schools and other childcare operations. Dirks, daggers, and switchblades are illegal to carry into areas where children are being taught or cared for, whether they are carried on your person or in a vehicle.

New Hampshire Knife Laws

Because of a change in the law made in 2010 it is not legal to own any type of knife in New Hampshire as long as you have a clean legal record. Those who have been convicted of a violent or drug-related felony are not allowed to own a dirk, stiletto, dagger, switchblade, or any type of knife that the state deems deadly.

New Hampshire Knife Laws

Concealed carry is no problem in New Hampshire as long as you can legally possess the knife you are carrying. It’s clear that New Hampshire has some of the most lenient knife laws in the nation. The state doesn’t even restrict the sale or transfer of knives to minors. There is also a preemption in place that means that no legal entity within the state can create their own restrictions.

New Jersey Knife Laws

The state of New Jersey is very permissive when it comes to knives that the average citizen can own. Pocket knives, balisongs, disguises knives, bowie knives, and throwing knives can all be legally owned in New Jersey. New Jersey law also makes it clear that knives can legally be owned if the owner has a clear and lawful reason for possessing the knife.

Most ownership restrictions are based on issues related to the owner. Unlawful intentions are one reason for ownership to be restricted. Violent felons, the mentally ill, and anyone without a good explanation can be forbidden from owning gravity knives, switchblades, dirks, daggers, or similar blades. Also, minors can only own knives that have blades that are 5 inches long or shorter, with a maximum total instrument length of 10 inches.

If the knife can be legally owned then it can be carried openly or in concealment. However, it should be carried in such a way that it does not suggest that the carrier has illegal intent. Knife owners should be prepared to explain why they are carrying their blade in the manner that they are carrying it in.

Carrying a knife onto the property of an educational institution requires an even greater level of explanation. If there isn’t a clear and lawful purpose for the blade then carrying it will be considered a crime.

New Mexico Knife Laws

Most types of knives can be legally owned in New Mexico. The exceptions are switchblades, butterfly knives, or blades with similar designs to these knives.

Knives that can be legally owned can be legally carried in the open. You can legally carry a concealed knife as long as it isn’t considered to be the sort of knife that can be used to inflict dangerous wounds. Bowie knives, dirks, balisongs, switchblades, and butcher knives are all illegal to carry in concealment.

The law in New Mexico makes it clear that knives should not be carried onto educational property.

New York Knife Laws

The residents of New York can legally own pocket knives, hunting knives, dirks, daggers, or stilettos. Other knives are likely to be highly restricted. Ballistic knives, knuckle knives, cane blades, and throwing stars are all flat-out illegal to own. Gravity blades and switchblades can be owned by people who have the appropriate hunting/fishing license.

It should be noted that if you aren’t a US citizen, you aren’t allowed to own a knife in New York. Immigrants and international tourists shouldn’t have a knife on their person or in their New York property.

All knives that are legally owned can be legally carried openly or in concealment. The legal distinction is built on intent rather than concealment, so it should be clear that you are carrying your knife with legal purpose.

Areas with tighter knife laws are schools and New York City. New York’s main city has its own knife ordinances, so anyone planning a visit should make sure that they check out that city’s laws. Their laws are built around the critical length of 4 inches, which is the maximum blade length for legal knives in the city.

North Carolina Knife Laws

In North Carolina it is legal to own most types of knives. Exceptions are made for ballistic knives, projective knives, or any design closely related to the previously mentioned two types. All other types are legal to own.

Any knife that can be legally owned can be carried openly legally. On the other hand, the state has strict rules about concealing knives. Any knife that can be considered deadly or dangerous cannot be carried in concealment, including pocket knives.

The state is strict on carrying knives in schools, on state property, or at private healthcare facilities. Knives of all sorts should be left at home when visiting these locations.

North Dakota Knife Laws

The state of North Dakota is very open about knife ownership. Any knife that is legal under US federal law can be owned legally in the state.

North Dakota Knife Laws

North Dakota is also very liberal when it comes to open carry, any knife that can be legally owned can be carried openly. However, the state is strict about which knives that can be concealed. Knives with blades that measure 5 inches or longer are illegal to carry in concealment. Gravity knives, machetes, sabers, stilettos, swords, daggers, and related blade types are all illegal to carry in concealment.

It’s illegal to possess dangerous weapons, including knives, at schools, school functions, and public gatherings. The state has relatively open laws, but it wants its citizens to carry blades in the open and leave them at home when it comes to visiting public property and public gatherings.

Ohio Knife Laws

The state of Ohio is one of the most permissive in the country when it comes to knives. Any type of law can legally be owned in Ohio, as long as they are legal under US federal law.

Any knife can be carried openly. State law says that it is illegal to carry any knife in concealment if it can kill. This is a fairly vague law, and it is up to different law enforcement and legal professionals to decide on a case by case basis. Daggers, switchblades, butterfly knives, gravity knives, automatic knives, and stilettos may all lead to legal trouble if they are carried in concealment, so it’s best to keep them in the open.

State law forbids bringing deadly weapons on to school grounds. Knives should be kept off of school property.

Oklahoma Knife Laws

In the state of Oklahoma, all knives are legal to own as long as they are permitted under US law. They used to have some of the strictest laws in the country regarding carrying weapons, but these laws were changed in 2016. It is now legal to carry most knives openly or in concealment.

Knives should be kept off of school property. Bringing bladed weapons into school zones is a felony offense.

Oregon Knife Laws

The state of Oregon is very permissive when it comes to buying and selling knives. There are no laws restricting the sale, purchase, or transfer of knives within the state. Any knife legal under US law can legally be owned in Oregon.

It is legal to carry any type of knife openly. Only switchblades and pocket knives can be legally concealed. Other knives are illegal to carry in concealment. It should be noted that if a pocket knife has a blade longer than 4.75 inches, it might not be legal to carry it in concealment. Anyone wishing to conceal a knife legally should stick to knives with smaller blades.

Knives are not allowed in Oregon schools, which are weapons-free-zones.

Pennsylvania Knife Laws

The knife laws in Pennsylvania draw a distinction between protected knives and offensive weapons. They consider daggers, automatic knives, and sword canes to be offensive weapons. As such they cannot be legally owned or carried. The idea is that these restricted weapons serve no obvious, lawful purpose. On the other hand, knives like pocket knives, bowie knives, balisongs, penknives, and hunting knives are completely fine.

Any knife that can be legally owned in Pennsylvania can be carried any way the owner sees fit, openly or in concealment. The only restrictions left are related to the fact that knives are restricted on school property. Knives legal in other areas are illegal to carry in schools.

Rhode Island Knife Laws

No type of knife is illegal to own in Rhode Island. The state is concerned with the intention of the knife owner rather than the knife variety when it comes to ownership.

Things are more restrictive when it comes to carrying a legally owned knife. Any type of knife can be carried openly, but things are tougher if you want to conceal a blade. Only average pocket and hunting knives with blades 3 inches long or shorter can be carried in concealment. Dirks, stilettos, sword canes, bowie knives, and any other knife with blades longer than 3 inches are illegal to carry in concealment.

Knives that could be carried legally in most places may not be brought onto school property.

South Carolina Knife Laws

Any type of knife can legally be owned in South Carolina as long as the knife is legal under US law. It is also legal to carry any knife as long as it is in the open. Concealment gets a little trickier.

The state has laws against carrying deadly weapons in concealment, but they have an exception for dirks, knives, and razors that are used for peaceful and legal purposes. The point is intent, so carriers should make it clear that they are not going to use their legal weapon for unlawful purposes.

State law specifically forbids blades longer than 2 inches from being brought onto school property. Broader weapons bans are in place at most schools, but some may allow shorter knives for limited purposes.

South Dakota Knife Laws

Ever since 2009, it has been legal to own any knife in South Dakota, including the previously banned ballistic knives. And any knife that can be legally owned can be legally carried openly or in concealment.

South Dakota Knife Laws

Schools are by and large supposed to be weapons-free areas, but the state does allow for trained and licensed individuals to bring weapons onto school property with the permission of the school’s leadership. Keep in mind that this is a very particular situation, and in most cases, individuals cannot bring knives onto school property.

The state does allow for different cities to set their own knife laws and some of the larger cities have more restrictive laws. Be sure to check for local laws before moving to or through the larger cities in South Dakota.

Tennessee Knife Laws

After Tennessee repealed laws against switchblades in 2014 and type of knife has been legal in the state. And any knife that can be owned can be carried openly.

Things get trickier when it comes to concealed blades. A line is drawn at four inches of blade length, anything shorter is generally safe to carry in concealment. Knives used for lawful purposes such as hunting and fishing are also permitted.

Carrying knives into school zones is generally considered an offense. With that said, the law allows for small knives in certain circumstances. Rules vary between schools. In general, it’s best to keep knives away from schools.

Texas Knife Laws

People often assume that Texas might have lenient knife laws, but they actually have some of the tightest laws in the nation. Most knives are legal to own in Texas, with the exception of gravity knives. With that being said, while many knives can be owned Texas law is very strict about carrying knives and only a few can be carried legally.

Texas doesn’t draw distinctions between concealed and open carry. Knives pocket knives and hunting knives that are 5.5 inches long or shorter can be carried legally, but knives with longer blades may not be. Dirks, bowie knives, swords, spears, and throwing knives are all illegal to carry in public. With that being said, it is legal to carry legally owned weapons in a vehicle as long as the weapons are being used legally.

Schools are one of the rare zones in Texas where no one can carry knives of any sort. Do not try to take a knife onto school property in Texas.

Utah Knife Laws

There are no laws forbidding the ownership of specific types of knives in Utah. The state does set up laws against concealing knives it considers dangerous.

The tricky thing is that knives may or may not be defined as “dangerous weapons” depending on how they are used or the way that the owner intended to use it. In most cases, knives can be safely carried as long as they aren’t brandished. Special considerations are given for people who have a clean criminal record and have no signs of mental illness. Anyone who has been convicted of a crime or who is dealing with mental illness should avoid carrying dangerous weapons or keep them in the open while showing clear, peaceful intent.

The state makes it clear that weapons should be kept off of all school grounds, from kindergarten through post-grad. Knives and schools don’t mix.

Vermont Knife Laws

The state of Vermont allows for the ownership of the vast majority of knives. The only type of knife explicitly banned is switchblades with blades that measure three inches or more.

Vermont is also permissive when it comes to carrying legally owned knives. The distinction isn’t between open and concealed but lawful and unlawful intent. Knife owners should make it clear at all times that they intend to use their knives for legal and peaceful purposes rather than for the unlawful injury of others.

The state forbids dangerous weapons on school property. This means that knives are banned in school buildings, on school buses, and on schoolyards. Knives are also forbidden on government property.

Virginia Knife Laws

The state of Virginia allows the ownership of any type of knife. It is legal to carry any of these knives in the open. Restrictions are made on concealed carry. Dirks, bowie knives, machetes, ballistic knives, and throwing knives are all illegal to carry in concealment. Switchblades used to be illegal to carry in concealment until the law was repealed in 2017. For concealment to be allowed legally the knives must be explicitly used for recreational or professional purposes, so owners should be prepared to explain themselves.

Most schools ban weapons of all types, but there are some restrictions within the state’s overall knife laws. Pocket knives with a metal blade that measures less than 3 inches long are permissible in some schools under certain circumstances.

Washington Knife Laws

The state of Washington allows residents to own a wide range of knives, from pocket knives to disguised knives. The only types of knife that residents can’t legally own are switchblades or similar springblade weapons.

Legally owned blades can be carried openly, as long as they are displayed in a way that won’t alarm or threaten others. Dirks, daggers, and other similarly dangerous weapons may not be concealed.

Knives are forbidden from schools and courtrooms.

West Virginia Knife Laws

No knives are illegal to own in the state of West Virginia, but restrictions are made when it comes to carrying. Any knife can be carried openly, but few can be concealed. Any knife with a blade longer than 3.5 inches may not be concealed. No automatic, butterfly, or automatic knives can be carried in concealment. The law is fairly broad, so knife owners that want to stay on the right side of the law should stick to open carry.

West Virginia Knife Laws

The state of West Virginia is one of the few that allows people to carry knives on school property. Pocket knives that have blades which measure 3.5 inches or shorter can be carried in some schools. Rules vary from school to school.

Wisconsin Knife Laws

The state of Wisconsin has outlawed the ownership of gravity knives, butterfly knives, or any knives similar in concept to those two. Switchblades used to be outlawed until the law was changed in 2016.

It’s legal to carry knives openly, but any knife that is carried in concealment may lead to legal issues. The law draws a distinction between knives that are dangerous and those that aren’t, though the distinction can be fuzzy. Knives with clear utility are more likely to be found to be not dangerous. Given the fuzzy state of the law, it is best to carry knives in the open in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin forbids weapons from schools.

Wyoming Knife Laws

The laws in Wyoming do not limit the types of knives you can legally own. They do state that you cannot conceal deadly weapons, including certain knives. However, the definition of “deadly weapon” is a bit fuzzy and application of the law is uneven. With that being said, all knives that are legally owned can be legally carried in the open. Knife owners looking to stay on the right side of the law should try and carry their knife in the open.

A license is required to carry a concealed knife in certain areas. These are mainly educational facilities, ranging from kindergarten to postgraduate. However, it is also illegal for someone without a license to carry a concealed weapon into a location where alcohol is served.

Best Hunting Backpack for the Money

Review of the Top 5 Hunting Backpacks in the Market

When most people first hear about hunting as a child, they imagine a hunter alone in the woods with nothing but their wits and their weapon. In reality, it takes a lot more than that to safely and comfortably go on a hunt. You need water for hydration; extra ammunition in case your first shots miss, and the tools necessary to start cleaning and dressing your kills.

This is too much for a hunter to carry in their bare hands, which is where one needs the best hunting backpack for the money. A backpack allows you to keep your supplies on you at all times while still keeping your hands free.

Not just any backpack will do when it comes to hunting. A hunting backpack needs to be a little more durable than the average bag you’ll find in most stores. You never know what the weather might do while you’re on a hunt, so a hunting backpack should be made from water-repellent materials. It should also have enough room to hold all of the supplies you’ll need on hand when you’re hunting. Just how much storage space is needed varies from hunter to hunter, so will be looking at backpacks that come in a variety of different sizes.

Each of the five backpacks we’ll look at has different strengths, so look out for the pack that best fits your hunting style.

5.11 Tactical RUSH72 Backpack

  • Available in 7 color schemes
  • Made from nylon
  • 23 inches high, 13.5 inches wide long, and 8.5 inches deep
  • 66-liter total storage capacity
  • 8-pound empty weight
  • Limited warranty when purchased from an authorized dealer

The RUSH72 backpack from 5.11 Tactical is a workhorse of a bag, built to get the job done with no muss or fuss. The look isn’t flashy, but 5.11 has fit a surprising number of features into this nylon backpack. As soon as you start opening up compartments and you’ll find a wide variety of small pockets tucked away inside, allowing hunters to keep their backpack nicely organized.

5.11 Tactical RUSH72 Backpack

The bag has a large main compartment and three smaller compartments on the front of the bag and on its sides. When the rain starts coming down the water-repellent nylon used to make this bag will help to keep its contents safe and dry. Please note that water-repellant is different from water-proof, the bag should still be kept as dry as possible. The foam used in the shoulder straps strikes a nice balance between softness and firmness, making it possible to comfortably carry this backpack for hours on end.

If you’re looking for a backpack that fits your style, then you should know that this bag comes in 7 different color schemes. The colors are the sort you’d expect from a hunting backpack. They include black, olive green, and an iconic camouflage pattern. The name of the bag comes from the fact that it’s large enough that you call store everything you need for three days or 72 hours. That should tell you something about the size of this bag; it is not a small accessory.

Some will love the fact that this bag can hold everything you need for a long weekend worth of hunting, but others will find that the bag is overkill. The RUSH72 isn’t a bag built for children or for afternoon hikes. Fortunately, 5.11 Tactical makes variations on the design that come in different sizes. Anyone looking for a hunting bag that gets the fundamentals right should give the RUSH72 a serious look.

SOG Ninja Tactical Day Pack, 24.2-Liter Storage

  • Available in 6 color schemes
  • Made from polyester
  • 18 inches high, 13.5 inches wide long, and 8.5 inches deep
  • 2-liter total storage capacity
  • 9-pound empty weight
  • Lifetime manufacturer’s warranty

The Ninja Tactical Day Pack from SOG is one of the best hunting backpacks for the money and is a dependable bag that has everything you need and nothing that you don’t. The easiest thing to notice is how compact it is. There are only two sizable compartments, larger main compartment and a smaller secondary compartment.

SOG Ninja Tactical Day Pack

But if you open these up, you’ll find that there are also zipped pockets for further organization. If that’s not enough for you, then the MOLLE webbing weaved into the design allows owners to expand the bag’s capabilities. Another nice addition is the pouch on the side that is built to hold just about any sort of bottle you might want to bring along to help you stay hydrated. The backpack doesn’t come with a bladder, but it does have space where you can put one for the easy access to your water when you’re on the trail.

The look of the bag is nice, and it comes in six different color schemes, so you’re sure to find something that you like. The one real drawback design-wise is the strange looking velcro skull patch. Some will enjoy it, but most will be better off looking for a more personal patch to cover it up with. This backpack is a medium-sized design, so it’s perfect if you’re planning an overnight trip, but it might be a little restricting if you want to go hunting for more than one day.

The smaller backpack size also makes it a great choice for the younger hunters out there. For day trips and overnight expeditions, this bag will be able to hold everything you need to hunt safely. Finally, SOG offers a lifetime warranty that covers manufacturing defects so that you can buy a new Ninja Tactical Day Pack with confidence.

Badlands 2200 Camouflage Hunting Backpack

  • Available in 1 color schemes
  • Made from KXO-32 fabric
  • 26 inches high, 16 inches wide long, and 10 inches deep
  • 22.5-liter total storage capacity
  • 5.9-pound empty weight
  • Unconditional warranty

The 2200 model hunting backpack from Badlands is designed to withstand whatever nature throws its way. It’s a bag built to shepherd its contents through the harshest of elements and come away without so much as a tear or a scratch. It’s also a true hunting backpack, as seen in the fact that it has a built-in rifle boot, pistol holster, and meat shelf.

Badlands 2200 Camouflage Hunting Backpack

You can wear this backpack while hiking, but only hunters will be able to use all of its features. The backpack is covered with a very neutral approach camouflage that will work in a wide range of settings. With that being said, it is a bit disappointing that Badlands only offers one color scheme. If you’re set on a black backpack, then you’ll need to look elsewhere. Still, this backpack has in iconic will satisfy most hunters.

What sets this bag apart isn’t what it looks like, it’s what it’s made of. SOG uses a proprietary material known as KXO-32 fabric that is specifically designed for hunters. It’s built to be durable, waterproof, and completely quiet. No more worrying about the sound of your backpack’s fabric alerting any nearby game. The main downside of this bag is that it weighs a significant amount, especially when you look at its storage capacity.

The bag weighs almost 6 pounds unpacked, so if you want to travel light, you might want to look elsewhere. With a capacity of 22.5 liters this bag is great for single day hunts, but if you’re looking to pack up everything you need for a weekend in the forest, it might not be enough. None of these factors are necessarily faults in the design; they simply speak to the target market that this backpack is aimed at.

This bag isn’t the lightest or the biggest, but every piece of this backpack was crafted with hunters in mind. This is the backpack that hunters have been dreaming about.

TETON Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame Backpack

  • Available in 3 color schemes
  • Made from ripstop fabric
  • 32 inches high, 18 inches wide long, and 12 inches deep
  • 64-liter total storage capacity
  • 5-pound empty weight
  • Limited lifetime warranty

While some bags are designed for short hikes, the Sports Explorer 4000 from TETON is built for the long haul. This is a bag for someone who wants to pack days worth of supplies into a single bag so they can trek through nature for days without anything but the items on their back.

All together this bag has 65 liters worth of storage capacity! This bag’s biggest selling point can also be seen as its biggest drawback. Many will see this bag as simply too big at two and a half feet tall. One surprising thing about this bag is that it is relatively light for its size, weighing just five pounds empty.

TETON Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame Backpack

After looking at so many bags that only come in green, grey and camouflage, it’s a pleasant surprise to find that this bag comes in a relatively cheery light blue. Another nice bonus is the fact that this bag comes with a built-in 3-liter bladder that you can use to stay hydrated on the go. With the Sports Explorer 4000, you can drink and carry your supplies completely hands-free. The bag is made of a durable and water-resistant ripstop material, but it also offers an extra level of protection when the rain starts falling. Inside the bag you’ll find a built-in rainfly to help keep your supplies as dry as possible.

TETON offers additional protection in the form of a limited lifetime warranty covering new backpacks. This bag is the biggest on our list, but it’s more than just a big bag. If you’re the type of hunter that also enjoys long hikes, then this bag will give you everything you need to pack for the most epic hunt of your life.

ALPS OutdoorZ Pursuit Hunting Back Pack

  • Available in 2 color schemes
  • Made from ripstop fabric
  • 32 inches high, 18 inches wide long, and 12 inches deep
  • 44-liter total storage capacity
  • 6-pound empty weight
  • Limited lifetime warranty

If it wasn’t for the camo color scheme, this backpack might look not look like a hunting bag at first glance, but looks can be deceiving. This deceptively simple looking bag is packed with features that hunters will love. Bow hunters should give this bag special attention.

Not only is there a pocket that can securely hold a bow or a gun, but there are also quiver holders built into the bag. No need to fumble with your arrows as you carry them along, this bag makes sure they’re securely stored and easy to access at a moments notice. To build on this theme, the bag has a fold out shelf so that its contents can be as organized and easy to reach as possible when you’re deep in the hunt.

ALPS OutdoorZ Pursuit Hunting Back Pack

One minor disappointment is the color options. Both of the choices offer a traditional woodland-camouflage look. They’re nice enough, but it would have been better if the themes were more visually distinct. This is a minor nitpick in the grand scheme of things. If you do want to stand out or stay dry, then you can pull out the bright orange rain cover that comes with the bag.

This last feature is important to remember because the bag itself isn’t waterproof. When you add together the classic look, special features, and 44 liters worth of storage you get something special. Overall the OutdoorZ Pursuit Hunting Backpack is an exceptional product that has everything a hunter could want.

Picking the Best Hunting Backpack for the Money for Your Hunting Needs

Each of the five backpacks that we examined brings something different to the table and are definitely prime contenders for the title of the best hunting backpack for the money. Any of them could help you carry your supplies out on your next hunt, but if you want the best experience possible you need to pick the pack that is designed to match your unique needs.

So take some time to think about whether you want a bag that is large and heavy duty or small and highly portable. If you think about what you want in terms of storage capacity, features, and color, then you’ll have an easy time picking the backpack that will help your next hunting trip go as smoothly as possible.

A little thought upfront will save you a lot of hassle when you hit the trail.

Best Recurve Bow in the World

The Definitive Guide to Choosing the Best Recurve Bow in the World

Archery is a great hobby to take up, but if you want to get the most out of your experience, you need the right tool for the job. The most popular type of bow for modern archers is the recurve bow. The name comes from the fact that the limbs curve away from the archer at the top and bottom. This design allows more energy to build up in the string without increasing the axle-to-axle length of the bow any more than necessary.

Recurve bows have been around for thousands of years, but they’ve gained popularity in modern times because the advanced materials and construction techniques available allow for recurve bows that can handle the extra power generated by the design. Today recurve bows are the only kind of bow that archers can use in the Olympics. But how do you decide which is the best recurve bow in the world or which is the best starter recurve bow?

Best Recurve Bow in the World

Deciding on buying a recurve bow is an easy decision to make, but it’s more difficult choosing which model to purchase. There are many different attractive bows on the market today. The first thing to remember when looking for the right recurve bow it’s important to remember that there is no one model that is perfect for everyone.

You need to consider things like length, draw pounds, and the total package. The younger the archer, the shorter the bow should be and the lower the number of draw pounds should be. But older and more advanced archers will require a longer and more powerful bow.

This might seem like it’s a lot to consider, but don’t worry. We’ve gone through the most popular recurve bows on the market today and sorted through them to discover the top models. Each of these bows has strengths and weaknesses that we will discuss in detail so that you can find the best recurve bow that suits your unique needs.

No bow can magically transform you into a master archer, but the right bow can make it much easier to practice until you’re consistently hitting the bullseye. Let’s now take a detailed look and review my Top 5 choices for the best recurve bow in the world.

Southwest Archery Spyder Takedown Recurve Bow and Arrow Set

If you’re looking for an accurate, comfortable, and durable bow that’s available for an affordable price, then the Spyder Takedown Recurve Bow from Southwest Archery is just the thing for you. This bow is a great option for just about anyone interested in archery.

There are sizes available ranging from 20 pounds to 60 pounds, increasing in 5-pound increments. This means that you can pick the perfect size for your strength and body type. There’s also the option to buy a package that includes a stringer tool, which is required to install or remove the bowstring. If this is your first bow, you’ll either need to get a package with a stringer tool or buy one separately.

Southwest Archery Spyder Takedown Recurve Bow and Arrow Set

Finally, you can purchase this bow with confidence because new bows from Southwest Archery are eligible for a 1-year manufacturer warranty. Just make sure to register your new bow online to receive the coverage you deserve.

  • 62 inches axle-to-axle.
  • 29-inch max draw length
  • 5-8.25 inch brace height
  • 20-60 draw pounds
  • Ships with 14 strand Dacron string, riser, matching limbs, rest, and instructions.
  • Covered by 1-year manufacturer warranty

Genesis Original Bow

If you’re shopping for an young archer then the Genesis Original bow is just what they need to get a great start in archery. It can be used by archers of all ages but it’s best for children between the ages of 8 and 16. The bow is a nice size for younger archers and has a solid draw strength range. You can adjust the draw strength on this bow to fit your needs, moving it between 10 and twenty pounds with a few twists of a wrench.

The design is also cool and colorful, which children will love. If you’re looking for a colorful bow then this is a great option. It’s available in twelve different colors, ranging from black, to camo, and even pink. It should be noted that this is just a bow. It’s also nice that both right and left hand variations are available, so you can get the design that you’ll be most comfortable with. The main drawback with this design is that while it’s perfect for younger archers it might not have the power that older and more experienced archers want.

Best Recurve Bow in the World - Genesis Original Bow.jpg

It’s one of the shorter recurve bows on our list and it also has limited draw power.  For archers over the age of 16, a 20 pound draw weight is the bare minimum, and experienced archers will want even more power. The bow is ready to shoot out of the box since it comes with a rest and nock pre-installed. But that’s as far as the accessories go, if you want anything else you’ll have to purchase them separately. Gloves or finger guards are things to consider, because it’s pretty easy to hurt your fingers shooting with this bow as it ships. It’s also unfortunate that this bow doesn’t come with a standard warranty.

Still, the Genesis Original is a great little recurve bow for beginning archers. There was a reason it was named the official bow of the National Archery in the Schools Program, this is the perfect learner’s bow.

  • 5 inches axle-to-axle
  • 30-inch max draw length
  • 625-inch brace height
  • 10-20 draw pounds
  • Ships with Allen wrench, strings, rest, and nock.

Samick Sage Takedown Recurve Bow

Here is another attractive and powerful bow that makes it at #3 on my list for the best recurve bow in the world. The riser is made with layered maple, and the upper and lower limbs are made with black fiberglass fit around another layer of maple. It all adds up to an attractive package that looks as good as it feels. The Sage Takedown comes in a number of different variations to fit the needs of most archers.

To begin with, it’s available in right and left-hand orientations to help you shoot the way that you feel comfortable shooting. It also comes in a variety of different sizes, ranging from 25 pounds of draw strength to 60 pounds. Children under the age of 16 who haven’t shot bows before might find the 25-pound entry point to be a little too tough, but everyone else should see what they’re looking for in Southwest Archery’s lineup of recurve bows.

Samick Sage Takedown Recurve Bow

No matter what strength you get the bow weights in at just over two pounds, making it very lightweight and easy to handle. In addition to the standard accessories you can expect with a recurve bow, this package also includes a link to video tutorials that will give you specific instructions on how to set the bow up. Add in the stringer tool, and it’s a breeze to get this bow in working order and start shooting right after delivery. This bow also comes covered by a standard 1-year warranty from Southwest Archery, so you can buy with confidence that you can’t get from bows without coverage.

This package is an excellent deal for adult archers of every skill level and is one of the best recurve bow for target archery. It’s easy enough for a beginner but strong enough for someone who is looking to take their game to the next level. Just make sure you purchase the right model, so you get the draw strength you need to succeed.

  • 62 inches axle-to-axle.
  • 29-inch max draw length
  • 25-8.25 inch brace height
  • 25-60 draw pounds
  • Ships with B-50 bow strings, rest, and stringer tool
  • Covered by 1-year manufacturer warranty

Longbowmaker Hungarian style Handmade Longbow Flagella Recurve Horsebow

If you’re looking for a bow that feels a little more like something Robin Hood wood use then this is the recurve bow for you. This bow has a sleek and classic look that feels like something out of an Errol Flynn movie. It’s hand assembled using materials like real wood, leather, steel, and a fiberglass core.

Please note, it is not pure wood even though it might seem to be at first glance. Still, between the materials and the assembly, this bow is durable without being too heavy. This bow is available in draw weights ranging from 30 pounds to 60 pounds in 5-pound increments. If you’re shopping for a child, this bow might be a little too much for them. 30 pounds can be a little tough to handle for people who aren’t athletic and have never shot a bow before. But if you have some muscles or experience, then this bow is available in a size that will meet your needs.

Longbowmaker Hungarian style Handmade Longbow Flagella Recurve Horsebow

One thing that this bow lacks is a warranty. The manufacturer seems to be relatively well regarded, but if you have an issue with this bow, the lack of warranty will leave you exposed. The strings are also a little on the cheap side, so be prepared to replace it sooner rather than later. Still, this is a relatively cheap bow so it wouldn’t be too expensive to replace.

If you’re looking for a modern bow with an old-school style, then the this recurve bow from Longbowmaker is a stylish and functional choice.

  • 57 inches axle-to-axle.
  • 28-inch max draw length
  • 30-60 draw pounds
  • Ships with bowstrings
  • Covered by 1-year manufacturer warranty

KESHES Takedown Recurve Bow and Arrow

This is another bow that combines an affordable price with quality construction. The price says bargain but when you pull back a feathered arrow and let it loose you’ll feel like this bow cost a pretty penny. It’s another bow that’s great for younger archers because it’s available with draw weights as low as 15 pounds. On the other hand, because it only goes up to 35 pounds, this bow isn’t the best for experienced adults but is a great candidate for the best youth recurve bow in the market.

To kill a deer humanely, you need a bow with at least 40 pounds of draw strength. Still, if you’re looking to do target shooting, then 35 pounds of draw strength will get the job done. The grip is comfortable and made of an attractive mix of woods. If you look at the accessories bundled in this package, you’ll see that this baby is fully loaded. You don’t just get strings, a rest, and a stringing tool; you also get a sight and an instruction book. The book will will lead you step by step through the setup process and give you tips you need to know as a first time archer. It also comes with brass bushings already installed so you can add on new accessories with ease.

KESHES Takedown Recurve Bow and Arrow

The only thing that’s missing out is professional nocking. Still, with this one purchase you get all the basics an archer needs besides a bow and quiver. Add on a satisfaction guarantee from KESHES, and you get a highly appealing package. This bow is mainly for beginners, but that’s nothing to sneeze at. This is a solid, affordable, and feature-packed bow that will start any beginning archer off on the right foot.

It isn’t the fanciest bow, but it’s a good bargain for its price tag.

  • 62 inches axle-to-axle.
  • 29-inch max draw length
  • 5-8.25 inch brace height
  • 15-30 draw pounds
  • Ships with Dacron bow strings, sight, rest, and stringer tool
  • Covered by 100% satisfaction guarantee

Aiming for the perfect Bow

You’ve now had a chance to read about the five top recurve bows on the market today. If you’re shopping for a younger archer, then a smaller bow like the Genesis Original Bow is a good choice. If you want to hunt game, then you definitely need to buy a bow with a larger draw weight.

40-pound arms are necessary to kill most deer, and 50 pounds are required for bigger game animals. For target practice, there is no minimum, but most adult archers would benefit from a bow that’s has a draw weight of 25 pounds. On the other hand, remember that if the bow strength is too heavy, it will be difficult to use the bow. Choosing a bow requires finding your personal sweet spot.

If you’re not sure what you need, then you should read up on recommendations for your gender, height, and weight to make sure that you get a bow that will give you the power you need. In my next articles, I’ll also talk about choosing the best arrows for recurve bows. Till then, Good luck and good shooting!

Alaska Knife Laws – What’s Legal, Illegal and Alaska State Code

Knife Laws in Alaska:

The state of Alaska does not forbid the ownership of any type of knife. Until 2013, gravity knives and switchblades were illegal to own, but they can now be legally purchased by adults and carried in concealment. However, selling these knives to minors without explicit and written parental consent is illegal.

The law states that anyone younger than 21 can only carry pocket knives or defensive weapons in concealment. Exceptions can be made for knives required for outdoor activities, such as hunting, fishing, and camping, but in most cases, knives should be carried in clear sight by people under 21 years of age.

Alaska Knife Laws

Beyond the age of 21, most knives can be carried in concealment, but the carrier must alert any law enforcement they come into contact with about anything beyond a pocket knife. Anyone possessing a knife that can be defined as a deadly weapon should also report their weapon before visiting a house so that they can receive explicit permission to take the knife inside.

Schools between kindergarten and high school are another important concern. Students may never take knives to school. Adults can only have a knife on the premise of these schools with the written approval of the school’s principal.

Sources for Alaska Knife Laws:

Download official communication on Alaska Knife Laws here – http://www.legis.state.ak.us/PDF/28/Bills/HB0033Z.PDF

Alabama Knife Laws – What’s Legal, Illegal and Alabama State Code

Knife Laws in Alabama

The knife laws in Alabama are among the most open in the country. It’s legal to buy and possess butterfly knives, switchblades, folding knives, double-sided knives, and any knife that can be fit entirely in an average pocket. Any blade can be kept in concealment on your property or openly carried off your property.

Alabama knife laws are mainly concerned with regulating bowie knives. To begin with, the state has a rather broad definition of what constitutes a bowie knife. A machete or butcher knife that is 11 inches or longer might be categorized as a bowie knife. It’s legal for adults to own a Bowie knife but it is illegal to conceal them on your person or in your vehicle.

The state of Alabama can be considered one of the most open-minded in the US when it comes to knives, but that’s no excuse for ignoring the laws on the books. If you have a Bowie knife, it should be kept in plain sight to avoid legal risk.

Alabama Knife Laws

Knives that are Legal in Alabama:

  • A  butterfly knife that is also known as a balisong is legal to own in the State of Alabama
  • You can carry switchblades or knives that have an assisted opening mechanism without any worry as these are legal in the State of Alabama.
  • It is also legal to have a toothpick knife, a stiletto, or a dirk.
  • All type of folding or half tang knives are allowed to be carried legally in the State of Alabama and this comes under the Alabama Knife Laws.
  • As mentioned above, you need to carry a bowie knife in the open to avoid any legal risk so please do not conceal Bowie knives if you’re traveling through the State of Alabama.

Sources for Alabama Knife Laws:

Carrying Concealed Weapons – Section 13A-11-50

Selling Pistol, Knife etc to Minor – Section 13A-11-57

 

Best Skinning Knife for the Money

Review of the Top 5 Skinning Knives in the Market

If you’re a dedicated hunter, then you need a quality skinning knife. Bagging the perfect quarry can take hours or even days of careful planning, stalking, and waiting. After going through all of that work, the last thing you want to do is ruin the pelt you’ve bagged with a poor quality skinning knife. Every knife manufacturer would like you to think that their product is the best on the market, but they can’t all be right which is why I wrote this detailed post on choosing the best skinning knife for the money in 2018!

Best Skinning Knife for the Money

To begin with, there is no such thing as one knife that will perfectly suit the needs of every hunter. Some hunters will be looking for a knife that is built for skinning and skinning alone while others will be looking for a more general purpose knife that can handle all sorts of jobs. Shoppers also need to consider things like blade material, configuration options, and durability. It can all be a lot to keep in mind at once.

To cut through the hype we’ve dug deep into the top blades available to come up with a list of the top five skinning knives available to hunters today. Each of these knives has something unique to offer hunters. One of these blades is sure to be the skinning knife that you’ve been looking for.

1. Buck Knives 110 Famous Folding Hunter Knife

#1 on my list of the best skinning knife is the Buck 110. Skinning a kill might be messy work, but the 110 Folding Hunter Knife has a look that is as clean as they come. It’s a truly classic design from a company that has become so synonymous with their product that the term “buck knife” is commonly used as a generic term for any folding hunting knife. But this knife is much more than a nostalgia piece.

Buck Knives 110 Famous Folding Hunter Knife

The 3.75-inch blade is made of 420HC stainless steel, combining form and function into one sharp package. The blade folds up into a gorgeous dymondwood handle. It’s got real wood in the middle and gleaming medal caps at both ends. All together, the 110 is a very attractive knife. But this knife isn’t just designed to look good; it’s built to get the job done.

The only real downside of the 110 is that it is designed to be an all-around hunting knife and isn’t designed to specifically be a skinning knife. This means that while it can do a decent job with most tasks, it doesn’t excel at any of them. If you’ve already got other hunting knives and you’re looking for one that’s built for skinning and skinning only then you might want to look elsewhere.

Still, the 110 is a classic for a reason, offering a balanced overall package that is attractive to newcomers and experienced hunters alike. Along with the knife itself, buyers also get a black leather sheath that fits this knife like a glove. Buck Knives is so confident in their product that they offer a lifetime warranty for their knives, so as long as you purchase a new 110, you can trust that your knife will be free of defects.

Just note that the warranty doesn’t cover misuse, but Buck Knives also offers affordable repair and sharpening services. This is the sort of knife you buy if you want a blade that is sure to satisfy for years to come.

  • 875 inches long while closed
  • 75 blade length
  • 2-ounce weight
  • Folding blade
  • Made of 420HC stainless steel
  • Lifetime Warranty

2. Havalon Piranta Z Folding Blade Skinning Knife 2 3/4″ Blade

The Piranta Z is a folding blade from Havalon. When unfolded the knife is 7.25 inches long, but once the 2.75-inch blade is folded back down the knife is less than 4 inches long. Add in a weight of just 3 ounces, and you get a blade that is lightweight, compact, and highly portable.

It’s an ideal blade for hunters who want to pack light. The handle is made of sturdy ABS plastic and comes in both black and orange. If you want to make sure you never lose your knife while out on the trail, then the orange option is a perfect choice. While some knives are designed with blades that are made to last a lifetime but the Piranta Z is built so that its blade can be switched out quickly and easily when it starts to get dull.

Havalon Piranta Z Folding Blade Skinning Knife

When you buy this knife, you get twelve stainless steel blades, so whenever one seems like it’s losing its edge, you can simply pop it out and put another into place. Of course, this design choice isn’t for everyone. The replacement blades aren’t as sturdy as those you’ll find in most fixed-blade knives. If you’re planning on doing some heavy duty cutting, you might want a heavier blade.

Others will find that the time it takes to properly switch out blades means that you don’t save all that much effort in the long run. Still, this option is great for people who don’t enjoy regularly sharpening their blade. And don’t worry, once you’ve gone through the twelve pre-packaged blades you can find additional replacements at very reasonable prices. It’s also worth noting that the blades are positively razor sharp right out of the packaging, so you can get right to work skinning with surgical precision.

This knife isn’t for everyone, but if you hate the blade sharpening process, then the Piranta Z offers a convenient alternative. To sweeten the deal Havalon offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee for Piranta-Z blades that are purchased new, so anyone who decides to buy one of these babies can do so with complete confidence.

  • 25 inches long when open
  • 75-inch blade length
  • 3-ounce weight
  • Folding blade
  • Made of stainless steel
  • Replaceable blade
  • Comes with 12 extra blades
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee

3. Old Timer 152OT Sharpfinger 7.1in Stainless Steel Full Tang Fixed Blade Knife

While there are plenty of all-purpose knives on the market that can do a decent job skinning animals sometimes, you need a knife that is specifically designed with skinning in mind. The 152OT Sharpfinger from Old Timer is one of these. One glance is all most hunters need to spot a Sharpfinger and that’s why

It’s got a sleek and attractive design that has often been imitated but never truly duplicated. The first Sharpfinger was released onto the market in 1974 and more than four decades later it’s still going strong. The full tang approach to design means that the metal of the blade runs the entire 7.1-inch length of the design, but the actual cutting edge is 3.3 inches long.

Old Timer 152OT Sharpfinger

This knife has a fixed blade design, which means that it’s already ready to start cutting with no pulling or flipping required. The downside of this design is that this knife isn’t as portable as some of its competitors, but it’s still a sleek and lightweight blade. The only other factor holding this knife back is the handle, which is definitely a weak point. It’s slicker than it should be so it can be difficult to get a good grip. It’s not that the handle is terrible, it just isn’t as good as the rest of the knife.

Overall, it’s still a good package. This is especially true when you consider that it comes with a custom-case. This leather sheath will snap onto your belt so you can always keep your blade close at hand. Just keep in mind that you get what you pay for and the free sheath isn’t the best quality, eventually you’ll probably want to buy an upgrade. The handle also has a lanyard hole built in so you can secure it anywhere you find convenient with ease.

Finally, it’s worth noting that this is one of the most affordable skinning markets on the job today that can still make a high-quality cut. If you want a full package without paying top dollar, then the Old Timer 152OT Sharpfinger is a smart purchase to make.

  • 1 inches long
  • 3-inch blade length
  • 1-ounce weight
  • Fixed blade
  • Made with 440HC stainless steel
  • Comes with a leather sheath

4. Case Medium Skinner Leather Hunter Knife

If you’re looking for a blade that looks and feels substantial, then the 9-inch case medium skinner is worth a look. Over half the length of the knife is made up of the blade, with a sharp edge that stretches five inches. This makes it the longest knife on our list of the best skinning knife for the money, with the largest blade.

This makes it a fantastic knife for anyone looking to skin larger animals, though people who hunt small game might want to look for a shorter knife. Also, since this is a fixed blade knife it can’t be folded into a compact travel size, so make sure you’ll have space for this bad boy before making a purchase.

Case Medium Skinner Leather Hunter Knife

The skinner blade design makes it perfect for cleanly and easily skinning animals of any size. If you decide that you like the feel of this knife you can also check out the range of different designs, including drop point, gut hook, and clip blades that can round out the perfect knife collection for any hunter. While most knives on the market today are made overseas, Case still makes knives in America. This allows for a greater level of quality control, allowing Case to offer a limited lifetime warranty which covers any workmanship and material defects that buyers might encounter.

The knife also includes a genuine leather case that makes it extremely easy to carry and access this knife. It’s a well-made case considering it’s a free add-on, but it should be noted that the loop is a little small so it can’t be hung from wider belts. It’s not the perfect package for everyone, but most of the criticisms are minor in the grand scheme of things. The main things to consider are size and price point.

Knives from Case might not be the cheapest on the market, but buyers can rest assured that the money invested goes into a knife that is built to last.

  • 9 inches long
  • 5-inch blade length
  • 5-ounce weight
  • Fixed blade
  • Made with Tru-Sharp Surgical Steel
  • Comes with a leather sheath
  • Limited lifetime guarantee

5. Outdoor Edge Swingblade SB-10N Rotating Blade Skinning/Gutting Knife

At first glance, the Swingblade from Outdoor Edge looks like most other folding blades, but a closer examination reveals a truly unique design. This is a knife with not one, but two blades! With this knife on your belt you’ll have exactly what you need to gut and skin your kills with one tool.

This saves time and space since you don’t need to carry two different knives and switch between them. The downside of the two blade design is that you lose the usual advantage of a folding-blade knife, portability. This knife is around 8 inches long no matter which blade is in place. Fortunately, the knife is packaged with a nylon sheath that makes transportation and access a breeze.

Outdoor Edge Swingblade SB-10N

Unfortunately, the holster isn’t as tough as it might be and if you aren’t careful, the razor-sharp knife can damage the material designed to hold it. Still, it’s hard to complain about a knife being too sharp. With the Swingblade you can start slicing right out of the box with no problems.

This is a workhorse of a knife that can instantly prepare you for any sort of cutting a hunt might call for. It’s the only knife that offers a two-in-one package deal.

  • 6-inch skinning blade
  • 2-inch gutting blade
  • 3-inch total length
  • 2-ounce weight
  • Dual blades
  • Made of AUS8 stainless steel
  • Comes with a nylon sheath

Picking the Best Skinning Knife for the Money

If you’ve looked through all of these knives, then it should be clear that each design offers a different take on the skinning knife. Separating them are size, style, and price point.

If you’re having a difficult time deciding between these five options, then it’s worth taking the time to figure out just what sort of knife you want. Think about how you want to carry your knife, what you plan on skinning with it, and what you’d like your knife to look like.

Once you can answer these questions, you’ll have a much easier time deciding on the best skinning knife for your needs. Good hunting!